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Elderly woman fatally struck by SUV while crossing street

August 22, 2010 |  9:49 am

A sport-utility vehicle killed an 85-year-old woman Friday night as she tried to cross Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa.

Minutes before midnight, police said Sunny Poate of Palm Springs tried to cross Harbor toward Date Place, a small street leading into a residential neighborhood south of Gisler Avenue, across the street from the Target shopping center.

Poate was crossing at least eight lanes of traffic with only a small concrete island in the middle dividing one of Costa Mesa's main thoroughfares.

Police said though that there is no marked crosswalk there because it's a T-intersection with Date Place. It is considered legal to cross if pedestrians don't impede traffic.

Authorities said Fern Eisler, 52, of Irvine was driving south in his Toyota 4Runner in the far right lane on Harbor and didn't see Poate and hit her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Read the full story here.

-- Joseph Serna reporting for the Daily Pilot